2022-2023 NLL ‘Pickems – Week 5

All season long the All Lacrosse All The Time Crew will put together their picks for the upcoming week of NLL games.

Week Three Totals:

“Muffler” Mike…2-5

Year to Date:

“Muffler” Mike……7-10

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:



The Thunderbirds show why they are atop the league’s Power Rankings with a dominant performance on the road.


San Diego.

The Seals will be out to prove that they are more than just escape artists when it comes to narrow victories.



The Rush know they are a better team than what they showed in allowing San Diego to come back from a huge deficit two weeks ago.

Shawn Slaght:

Buffalo vs Halifax

Pick – Halifax

I think this will be the game of the week. If Halifax wants to show they are the real deal, this is the statement game. Buffalo is still a playoff-worthy team, but they aren’t the dominant team they once were.

San Diego vs Calgary

Pick – Calgary

I’m going with an upset. On paper, San Diego is a better team but I think the Roughnecks match up well against them. With an aging offence with Curtis Dickson, Dane Dobbie and Kevin Crowley, the last thing the Seals want is to get into a track meet up and down the floor, which is Calgary’s bread and butter. Del Bianco will need to be at the top of his game and there is no reason to believe he won’t be.

Panther City vs Saskatchewan

Pick – Saskatchewan

The Rush had two weeks to stew on what has against San Diego and they are going to be a motives bunch. The x-factor will be the health of Kyle Rubisch and Ryan Dilks. Panther City continues to improve but they are running into a Rush team that’ll be out for blood.

Gary Groob:

Halifax vs. Buffalo

Halifax wins.

If the Bandits can come up with a gameplan equal to what they accomplished with Toronto, they have a chance to win. However, the Thunderbirds are the most complete team in the league to this point.

San Diego vs. Calgary

San Diego wins.

Although the Seals have not been wowing the league with their play, they are still 2-0.  The Roughnecks are 2-0 as well, but have beaten Vancouver in both of those games.  This is Calgary’s litmus test.

PCLC vs. Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan wins.

I have said it before, I like this Rush team’s character. Panther City is 2-1, but both wins were against expansion Vegas. I am curious to see how they play against next level competition.

John Craig:

Halifax vs. Buffalo

Halifax Thunderbirds

San Diego vs. Calgary

San Diego Seals

Panther City vs. Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Rush

Ryan McMichael:

Halifax Thunderbirds vs. Buffalo Bandits

Halifax (if it even happens)

Most of Buff’s studs inside all week, no coulth is gonna hurt. Also Halifax is a GD wagon.

San Diego Seals vs. Calgary Roughnecks


Mouse is mouse, been prepping for this game since 17 left and changed to 71. Necks a firing rn, Delbs being delbs(and he’s my fake nephew so I’m biased) Tanner Cook is gonna be a problem for ds all year.

Panther City LC vs. Saskatchewan Rush


Just don’t think PCLC goalies can hang with Sask O. This is gonna be the best game of the weekend #Fricksthoughts

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.